Panasonic Announces Prices for Lumix GF2 and New Compact Cameras

Panasonic has announced pricing on some of its recently-introduced Lumix digital cameras.

The Panasonic Lumix GF2 will carry a retail price of $499.95 for the body only.  The GF2 and 14-42mm lens kit will retail for $599.95, while the GF2 and 14mm prime lens kit will retail for $699.95.  The Lumix GF2 should be available later this month.

You can check on availability for the Panasonic Lumix GF2 at B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.com.

All of the new Lumix compact cameras will be available in March 2011, with prices and retailer availability links below. [Read more...]

Apple Issues Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.5

Apple Aperture 3

Apple has updated its Camera RAW compatibility to version 3.5 and extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ‘11 for the following cameras:

  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • Leica D-Lux 5
  • Leica V-Lux 2
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon Coolpix P7000
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

The update is available via OS X system updates or via Apple’s Support Site.

Panasonic GF2 Announced

The Panasonic GF2 is a follow-up to the popular Panasonic GF1.  The GF2 packs a 12.1MP Live MOS sensor, shoots Full HD at 1920 x 1080 at 60i in AVCHD format, and covers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400. The new camera also adds a touch-sensitive 3″ LCD at 460k-dot resolution and a built-in stereo mic.

Like the GF1, the GF2 includes a pop-up flash, along with a hotshoe for an external flash.  The GF2 is available as a kit with either a 14mm f/2.5 or 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

The GF2 will be available in red, black and white, and is expected to ship in January 2011. We should know the retail price next month (expect it to be in the $800-$1000 range depending on the lens).  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Panasonic GF2 Coming Tomorrow

One of my favorite mirrorless cameras is the Panasonic GF1.  In terms of form-factor, controls and image quality, the GF1 delivers a great balance.

If 43rumors.com is accurate with its prediction, we should see the successor to the GF1 tomorrow.  It’s looking like the GF2 will have the same 12MP sensor as is found in the Panasonic G2, which is a solid performer.

If the Panasonic GF2 turns out to deliver better performance, while maintaining the friendly form-factor of the GF1, then we should have a real gem on our hands.

Stay tuned for the latest on the Panasonic GF2.

[via 43rumors.com]

Update:  It’s already leaked in France.  Here’s proof:

[via Photo Rumors]